by Grand Forks Herald
September 26, 2012 at 10:40 am in Grand Forks Herald
Future North Dakota college students will have to meet tougher entrance requirements. Continue Reading
Tags: Education, Higher Education, North Dakota, updates 10 Comments »
One small step for man …
Now if he will address the need to beef up the community colleges in the system
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One question I have in all this……Even tough this seems logical….I can’t help but wonder what about the rest? I mean if we’re consistantly running out of jobs that take physical labor, and this includes training at trade schools for mechanics, and such……What’s going to happen to all those who don’t do well in school, but who in the past could eventually find a job where they could develope real on the job skills? There’s a lot of those out there and there appears to be fewer and fewer jobs available for them. What happens to them….Homelessness? I wonder if anybody has ever even considered this because about the only think it can lead to is poverty and crime. A hungry person might do something to get caught just for three meals and a cott…..This is something that needs consideration…
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My high school GPA was a 3.7 I took the act test with hang over or probably still drunk my junior year and got a 22. Retook the thing my senior year figured I would try to take the test in a little better shape ended up staying up all night at a party and took the test in even worse shape the second time and scored a 25.
I’m not trying to brag or anything I went about doing the act test the wrong way but honestly the crap is way too easy
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While I don’t recommend getting drunk, you do have a good point. I have a child who was inducted into the National Honor Society who told me that “anyone and everyone can get in” when I told them how proud they should be and pointed out how much of an honor it was. If “anyone and everyone” can get into such a “prestigious” group, then that tells me our academic institutions are failing at educating and challenging students. It tells me that they are hindering the ones who have the ability to do extremely well by keeping them learning at the same level as those who find some of the material hard to comprehend. I was one of those students who found the more technical subjects difficult to understand, but I don’t think it’s fair or right to hold those who are able to move on back at my level of understanding and learning.
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Federal and State laws require us to spend more money per student on the LOWEST-performing, LEAST-capable students with the SMALLEST chance of being productive members of society.
ARC and Van SIckle didn’t do society any favor. This is a “Land of OPPORTUNITY”, not a land of guaranteed outcomes.
Teachers are trained to do whatever is in fashion at the moment. Five years from now, I suppose they’ll be trained to do whatever is in fashion then. The claim will be made that they are undergoing “Constant Improvement” in their teaching methods. The underlying problem is that whoever is choosing the fashions seems unable to discern between “real” research and social-engineering crap.
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For as long as I can remember, colleges and universities have charged both resident and non-resident fees. This is a common practice not just here in ND but also other states. I understand why officials of some colleges feel that it is only fair to charge resident rates to students from another country just an hour away, however, the fact remains that they are non-residents unless they live here for a specified minimum time frame prior to enrolling in school. I also understand that college officials want to be fair, but it’s really not fair to resident students that non-resident students pay the same rates that they do. Resident and non-resident rates are different for a reason and should remain so. If officials want to continue granting discounted rates to foreign students then they might as well do away with the non-resident rates and charge all students the same.
I am in full support of tougher enrollment standards. At the present time, many graduating seniors aren’t prepared for college. They lack the proper skills that will be needed to successfully complete a college program and earn the degree they want. Maybe this will force middle and high schools to concentrate on the right things now.
An example is writing skills. It is frustrating to me, as a parent, that content is more important than proper writing skills (i.e. grammar, punctuation, spelling). This is something that I have talked to teachers about time and time again yet they seem unconcerned about the writing skills and tell me that “that will come in time”. I have a child who will be graduating from high school this year and has yet to be critiqued on writing skills by teachers the way students should be yet has been applauded time and time again on the content and focus of essays.
Whatever happened to students doing their own research? When they use the internet to obtain information, they don’t realize that someone else has already done the work for them and made it accessible. Students really aren’t doing the research. . .they are simply gathering sources.
Whatever happened to students learning how to problem solve in math? Instead of learning how to solve problems, they are taught how to push which buttons on a piece of equipment that can easily break down, malfunction, etc. They are being taught to fully rely on technology to solve the problems for them while they only enter the numbers.
Students’ abilities, skills, and knowledge need to be fostered and students need to be challened, not hindered. Our academic institutions are limiting students and “dumbing them down”. I think it’s time for parents to voice their concerns about this at every parent-teacher conference, school board meeting, etc.
How I’d love to be a little mouse listening in at some of the “trainings” that teachers attend. What are they really being told? What is really being said about our children? Are they really being taught new methods that challenge students or are they just being told to continue doing things the way they are – the way that hinders students?
No wonder students aren’t prepared for college.
“Tougher ND college entrance standards approved”
WAY overdue, and very welcome.
sending students to the junior colleges, as they used to be called, is nothing new. It was tried in the 1980s with Mayville and Bottineau being the schools of choice. North Dakota State’s remedial students were supposed to go to the campus in Bottineau. That worked pretty well, huh?
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